Helping you get through tough times

Are you getting SAD?

Whether you relate more to Elf or the Grinch, at least Christmas is a break from what can be a hard time for people.

Picture of weather forecastThe shortest day of the year is fast approaching and although the days get longer then, there’s still a lot of winter left. This means there’s still the possibility of ending up with SAD.

What is it?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition that often develops in winter due to less daylight. Natural light affects things like our sleeping patterns and hormone production. Less light can result in hormones being released at the wrong time, or not at all.

For instance, Serotonin (the happy hormone) often decreases when we get less sunlight. This can trigger depression.

What can help?

Actively minding yourself can play a big part staving off things like SAD.

Increasing or starting regular exercise and ensuring you’re eating well can make a big difference in helping with things like depression.

Get out!

Getting outside and into the daylight has loads of benefits. Fresh air, movement, and not least – vitamin D. Our bodies produce vitamin D when we’re in natural light, so even getting outside for a short while can make a big difference.

Don’t be a stranger

The temptation to hibernate can be really strong. But, it’s always worth making the effort to see friends and family, even if we really don’t feel like it.

It’s always good to talk

If you’re feeling a bit crap or depressed it’s always good to talk to someone you trust.

You can talk with your GP also, especially if you think you may have something like SAD.

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